2022 begins on 10th January

SpokenWord starts the new year at the Chat Noir on lundi 10th January, with the theme ‘Imaginary friends’. AWOL writers’ group is back up and running every Sunday.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at the Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop every Sunday. We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list – if it doesn’t work send an email asking to be put on the mailing list to db1066 @ gmail.com. Our Facebook page.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive. Acoustic songs also welcome.

Poetry video clips on our instagram at spokenword_paris

SpokenWord Sounds
A taste of Monday nights at the Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Every Monday except August. Come to the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up at 8pm in the bar. Poetics start 8.45pm underground. More info here. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All languages welcome. 

Check next week’s theme here. Themes are a suggestion to inspire you but you don’t have to follow them. Indeed, many people don’t.

AWOL writers’ workshop

AWOL normally takes place every Sunday evening, 5pm – 7pm at the Chat Noir (76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud, 75011). AWOL’s facebook page. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen and join in the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield, Simon Millward, Thibaut Narme and Camille Adnot. Friendly and insightful and afterwards you’re welcome to come for a drink. In a previous incarnation this ran for 10 years as The Other Writers Group and AWOL continues that group’s ethos of giving invaluable insightful feedback and providing a supportive space to hone your writing craft. Plus community among writers. Click here for a more detailed description.

Spoken World Online

This open mic is weekly on Tuesdays, an online version of what we do in the Chat Noir, and is hosted by David Leo Sirois. It’s on Zoom. More info at the Spoken World Online Facebook group.

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Looking back at SpokenWord Paris in 2021

Photo by Sabine.

We were first back in the Chat Noir in July, then regularly every Monday from September. Before that we did some SpokenWords outside when the weather was good enough.

It was great to be back at the Black Cat and see old friends and hear some great poetry and stories.

Here’s hoping it’ll be possible through 2022!

Cheers all,

David Barnes (Organiser)

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1st SpokenWord of 2022

10th January

theme – Imaginary friends
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Kim Lane, Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, November 22nd–Monday’s Theme: Rituals

Kim Lane is a former National Poetry Slam champion (Team Asheville, NC,) author, marathoner, and gifted education advocate. Educated at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Duke University, she is a tenacious advocate for developing student voices and community outreach through the arts. As of 2018, Lane has also begun arts outreach with dementia patients in association with the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Lane lives in central North Carolina, and runs from its mountains to its sea.

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Zoom link for tonight’s event Spoken Word Paris meets the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Zoom link to join this event tonight

Sunday 8pm Paris time / 2pm NYC


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Two Venues – One Mic. Sunday 14th November 8pm Paris time, 2pm NYC.

An exchange of poetry between poets an ocean apart – 8 poets in the Chat Noir, 8 poets in the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, linked and projected in sound and vision. Come to either venue to hear all 16 poets do their 4 minutes of intense condensed life lived and imagination dreamed… Or if you can’t make it to either venue physically, join us on Zoom. (Link will be posted closer to the time.)

8pm Paris time in the Chat Noir.

2pm NYC time in the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

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Alison Grace Koehler, Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 15th–Monday’s Theme: Confessions

Alison Grace Koehler is a stained glass poet. These two mediums cross, fragment, break, and get rebuilt in her work. In live, reflective, evolving ways. Making windows with words, and soldering poems into spaces. She has performed or exhibited at festivals, galleries, and other environments including Marché de la Poesie, Slant Events, Cité International des Arts, Irruzioni, The Bloomsday Festival, Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Stillpoint Spaces, Carbone 17, and the Edinburgh Art Festival. Alison lives in Paris, and her first book, Stained Glass Poetry, was published in 2020 by Paris Heretics. Her work can be found at alisonkoehler.com, @alisongracekoehler (instagram & facebook), and @AGraceColor (twitter)

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Indran Amirthanayagam, Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, Monday October 25th. Theme: Maps

Indran Amirthanayagam produced a “world’ record in 2020 by publishing three new poetry books written in three languages: The Migrant States (Hanging Loose,Press, New York) Sur l’île nostalgique (L’Harmattan, Paris) and Lírica a tiempo(Mesa Redonda, Lima). He has just published Blue Window (Ventana Azul), translated by Jennifer Rathbun.(Dialogos Books). He writes in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese,Haitian Creole, and has twenty poetry books; a music album Rankont Dout. He edits The Beltway Poetry Quarterly (www.beltwaypoetry.com) and helps curate http://www.ablucionistas.com. He won the Paterson Prize; received fellowships from The Foundation for the Contemporary Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and US/Mexico Fund For Culture and the MacDowell Colony. Hosts the Poetry Channel on Youtube (https://youtubm/user/indranam). e.co

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Jennifer Blowdryer, Our Special Guest at SpokenWord Paris, Monday, October 4th. Theme: “Thieves”

JENNIFER BLOWDRYER got her dumb name from her SF punk band, the Blowdryers, in 1977. She’s written columns for Maximum rock’n’roll, New York press, and downtown, and her books include: white trash debutante, modern English : a slang dictionary, and Good Advice for young trendy people of all ages. She remains a band singer/writer, recent releases include Blowdryer Punk Soul: Pinot Grigio and 4 Essays – the most harmless person you are ever going to meet in your life, Bent Boy Press, SF, 2018. She lives in NYCs East Village.

SpokenWord theme (should you want to follow it): Thieves

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Mailing list signup problems

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David (Organiser)

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SpokenWord 20th September 2021

Theme: Trouble

Sign up from 8pm

SpokenWord begins 8.45pm

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